A newspaper photographer with a broken leg passes time recuperating by observing his neighbors through his window. He sees what he believes to be a murder, and decides to solve the crime himself. With the help of his nurse and wife, he tries to catch the murderer without being killed himself.
Charlotte says: Feeling overheated? Watch this witty, terrifying mystery set during a heat wave in 1950s New York City. Alfred Hitchcock directs, and Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart star as the bickering amateur sleuths in love. The dialogue, the clothes, the cast -- it doesn’t get any better than this.
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Cells at Work!
Inside the human body, roughly 37.2 trillion cells work energetically 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Fresh out of training, the cheerful and somewhat airheaded Sekkekkyuu AE3803 is ready to take on the ever-so-important task of transporting oxygen. As usual, Hakkekkyuu U-1146 is hard at work patrolling and eliminating foreign bacteria seeking to make the body their new lair. Elsewhere, little platelets are lining up for a new construction project. Dealing with wounds and allergies, getting lost on the way to the lungs, and bickering with similar cell types, the daily lives of cells are always hectic as they work together to keep the body healthy!
David says: A manga full of humor and action and beautiful artwork, Cells at Work is a memorable read that might you teach some biology along the way. Also available as an anime!
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On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic "Greyhounds"--the fastest liner then in service--and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger's U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small--hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more--all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.
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For nearly a century, Dowa Kingdom has known only peace thanks to the independent organization known as ACCA. But as the king grows older with no named heir, rumors of a coup are spreading from the top brass down to the notorious smoker, Jean Otus. Tasked with auditing all thirteen states, he soon finds himself the target of his higher-ups while a mysterious person keeps tabs on his every move.
Hannah says: Do you like political drama, mystery, and intrigue? This anime is gorgeous and entertaining enough to keep you guessing. Plus, it's only 12 episodes.
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How to Astronaut
Col. Terry Virts, a former astronaut, space shuttle pilot, and International Space Station commander who spent 200 consecutive days in space, it answers all of our curious questions and much more: Here's how to survive that first brush with weightlessness; the nearly indescribable thrill of a first blastoff; managing the daily tasks eating, bathing, doing chores, going to the bathroom that are anything but ordinary when you're orbiting the earth at 17,000 miles per hour; how to don your space suit and head out to work on a spacewalk; how to prepare for emergencies of all kinds, from managing "space brain" to dealing with a dead crew member; and what it's like to return to Earth, including something as seemingly simple as walking after spending six months in zero-g.
Kristina says: I don't think I've ever read a more detailed book about life in space. A born storyteller, Virts reveals the often-untold side of space travel in 51 short chapters filled with a mix of you-are-there detail, a dose of science made simple, and the inherent drama of describing something few will ever know firsthand. I highly recommend the self-read audio version!
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The Last Mrs. Parrish
Amber Patterson is fed up. She's tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne and her husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber's envy could eat her alive if she didn't have a plan. Amber uses Daphne's compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family's life the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne's closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces.
Megan says: This novel reads just like a juicy, vacuous soap opera, and sometimes in life that is precisely what you need. Oh, and don’t worry you will absolutely be entertained.
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Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?
Nina says: It’s August. It’s hot. Time to kick back in the porch swing – or better yet, in the recliner in the air conditioner – with a slow drawl and quirky, witty cast of characters in a town so Southern you can smell the peach cobbler. It’s also the perfect time to finally read a Grisham (if you never have) or relive an old favorite. Sycamore Row is the second legal thriller featuring wiley attorney Jack Brigance (A Time To Kill, A Time For Mercy).
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